Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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I adore this story yet the problem I always faced was its length. Listening to it on audible helped me immensely. Peter Kenny does a fantastic job of narrating this comedy. The most mesmerising part of the story was when Allan Carson stole the mans suitcase. I throughly enjoyed this audible experience and I hope others do as well.
"What will be, will be"
An amazing story of the fabulous life of Alan. You will be glued to the head set not wanting the story to end.
"Quirky and fun"
Normally read Sci-fi /fantasy or naval historical fiction - this was kind of a lunch break
Is kind of like the secret life of walter mitty - but the main character actually does all the things rather than just dreaming about them.
the interview with the prosecutor near the end.
A great book, well read and characterised although sometimes forgot the main character was swedish since he had a lancashire accent. Well worth a listen - is not a book that will change your life - but if you are short of something light to read then I would recommend it.
"just relax and enjoy this yarn"
This quirky really captures the imagination. I wish it was real life.
The humour is really excellent and made me laugh out loud despite a trying personal time
the range of voices is good and really support the story development.
Enjoy life because if you blink you will miss it
Yes its fun and easy listening
I found his very British accent hard to reconcile with the Swedish names and places. It was quite distracting in parts.
No too long.
"A hit novel, enhanced further by great performance"
Haven't read the print version, but the way it is delivered by Peter Kenny is simply brilliant! He gets the tone just right & instead of making the simplicity of the prose seem patronising, turns it into an almost ironic, Winnie the Pooh-like brilliance. Better than the film too
The way that such a smorgasbord of characters interact & work together in such a strange set of circumstances. This seems to be a particular forte of Jonas Jonasson.
There is one part in the story where an elephant saves everyone from something very bad in a very amusing way. I won't say more, but this scene is particularly vivid, amongst many many enjoyable scenes.
Swedish Forrest Gump but less crude.
Worth the hype.
Absolutely thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. Fantastic plot, quirky characters and interesting insights into bits of history (kind of).
"Not as exciting as it should be"
Although this tale is one of fairly epic proportions I felt that it was a little dull. There were a number of chapters that seemed to drag on for ages and although the character was doing something quite exciting things it wasn't as exciting for the listener. I'm not sure whether it was the narration or the writing but a lot of the time it felt as if it were being explained to a child.
"An interesting and entertain story"
I watched the movie and was interested to see how the book compares.
Peter Kenny brought the story to life weaving a wonderful audible sound track through the live of Allan Karlsson. The way the chapters move between past and present was very well done so it didn't jar as some books that move can do.
"Quirky yet funny"
I wasnt entirely sure what to expect from this audiobook when I bought it but was pleasantly surprised. My favourite part was the main character whose life experienced surprised me at every turn.
The training of the elephant...an unexpected character.
The feeling of this old man living in the confines of an old people's home moved me. Reassuring to know his life was in all likelihood the richest of all!
Well worth a listen!
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